Why Quit?

The thousands of chemicals and carbon monoxide
in cigarettes
damage your body every time you smoke.

The benefits of quitting start as soon as 20 minutes after your last cigarette.

Stopping smoking is one of the best changes you can make, bringing with it many benefits:

Physically
Financially
Mentally
Socially

What are the health risks of smoking?

Mouth and throat

Increases risk of cancer in lips, tongue, throat, voice box and gullet (oesophagus).

Bones

Can cause bones to become weak and brittle and increases the risk of osteoporosis.

Fertility

Smoking can make it harder for women to conceive and can cause impotence in men and can lower sperm count, reducing fertility.

Skin

Prematurely ages skin by between 10 and 20 years.

Heart

Doubles the risk of having a heart attack.

Brain

Smoking increases the risk of having a stroke.

Stomach

Increases chance of getting stomach cancer or ulcers.

Lungs

Smoking causes lung cancer and COPD, both can be fatal.

Circulation

Increases blood pressure and heart rate.

Smoking can be an expensive habit.
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Smoke Free Homes and Cars

What is Second hand Smoke

Second-hand tobacco smoke is a mixture of the smoke given off by the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, roll-up or cigar (and is also known as side-stream smoke), and the smoke you breath out. If you smoke indoors, levels of toxins from second hand smoke are high and other people around you who don’t smoke end up breathing these chemicals in. Breathing in second-hand smoke is sometimes called passive smoking. Second-hand smoke contains more than 5,000 different chemicals. At least 250 of them are known to be toxic or to cause cancer – including lead, cyanide and arsenic.

Evidence shows that around 80% of secondhand smoke is invisible and odourless, so you can’t always smell or see signs of secondhand smoke. Even when a cigarette is stubbed out the unseen poisons in the smoke can stay around moving from room to room for up to 5 hours because the particles are smaller than dust, they drift easily as you move through the house and open doors, so smoke can still be there even when you can’t see it or smell it. Lighting scented candles or using air fresheners might attempt to hide the smell but it doesn’t get rid of the harmful toxins.

A non-smoker being exposed to second hand smoke significantly increases the risk of them having lung cancer, respiratory problems such as COPD and heart disease. Just thirty minutes of exposure to second hand smoke effects blood platelets in a way which starts to raise the risk of heart attack or other heart-related issues.

Did you know, of cig 80% cigarette smoke is invisible?

Smoke Free Cars

If you smoke in a confined space such as a car, you’re exposing your fellow passengers to even more harmful chemicals. Opening a window or having the air conditioning on does not remove the toxins or prevent the danger of exposing children to secondhand smoke. This is why smoking in cars with children on board has been banned in England since October 2015. You could be fined up to £1000, with a fixed penalty of £100 for breaking this law. So, when you smoke, it’s not just your health that’s put at risk, but the health of anyone around you Smokefree Homes.

In the UK secondhand smoke is the cause of over 300,000 children’s visits to the doctor every year – and nearly 10,000 children being admitted to hospital. Secondhand smoke accounts for 40 cot deaths in the UK every year. Children and infants are more vulnerable to tobacco smoke than adults because they have smaller airways and breathe faster, and their immune systems are still developing. A child exposed to secondhand smoke in the home is more likely to contract meningitis or to get middle ear infection (glue ear), and twice as likely to have asthma symptoms all year round. Being around secondhand smoke is linked to an increased risk of coughing, wheezing, croup, eye and nasal irritation and sore throats. Also, did you know that children who grow up around smokers are three times more likely to start smoking themselves when they get older! Another great reason to take smoking away from children and young people.

Pets and Second hand Smoke

Secondhand smoke is also bad for your pets. Dogs exposed to secondhand smoke have more eye infections, allergies, and respiratory issues, including lung cancer. Cats that live in a smoky environment are at greater risk of developing asthma and lung cancer, along with the dangers of licking fur that is coated in toxic tar released from the burning cigarettes. Birds are also affected by secondhand smoke. They have respiratory systems that are extremely sensitive to airborne pollutants, making them very likely to develop respiratory problems (such as pneumonia) and lung cancer when exposed to secondhand smoke. These feathered pets also have a higher risk of skin, heart and eye, problems when exposed to a smoky environment.

Making the Change

Most parents and carers already take some steps to protect their families, such as opening a window or smoking in a different room. This might look as though it is getting rid of some of the smoke, but there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke. The way that smoke lingers in the air and moves from room to room means that the risk remains. If you can, then the best way to protect your family is to make your home completely smoke-free. Take any smoking right outside and close the door behind you.

Will you make a pledge to keep your home smoke free?

Check out our smoke free pledge on the app